Gwyddone, with the way you described your close family you are in better shape than most preppers, but no matter how good our situation, most of us keep chipping away at being better. Few can afford an ideal set up and so we do what we can with what we have. A part of the issue that you haven’t described in the nature of the location….rural, urban, suburban. If rural are there large cities nearby. Is the population generally well armed. How readily available is clean water. Do you have land for growing food & raising animals. All of these factors matter too.